Lakewood Housing Assembly Information Session, March 26, Open to the Public

Posted on March 13, 2019 By

What is the truth about affordable housing? What exactly is the process? New Jersey has been approving municipal housing plans for affordable housing for years.

STEPS (Solutions to End Poverty Soon) and the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) in partnership with the LRRC (Lakewood Resource and Referral Center) are holding a Working Together information session, open to the public, to discuss questions about the affordable housing process on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at 6:00 p.m., at the Lakewood Municipal Building, 231 Third Street, Lakewood, New Jersey. Representatives from Fair Share Housing, housing developers, and housing industry experts, among others will be present.

STEPS Executive Director Michael McNeil, who also is the Housing Chair of the New Jersey State Conference NAACP, said, “This session is designed to dispel myths and rumors, and to establish the facts about the affordable housing process so we can all work together.”

Contact Michael McNeil with questions at or call either 732-367-1640 or 732-415-8638.

About STEPS: STEPS is a non-profit organization that provides various services to communities statewide. Since 1993, STEPS has been an advocate against poverty in New Jersey. STEPS believes that all members of society should have affordable housing, food, healthcare, and decent wages.


Hot Issues in Employment Law – 2019 Half-day JSAHR Legal Seminar

Posted on March 13, 2019 By

What are the significant employment and legislative issues that impact business organizations, their employees, and human resource professionals?

The registration fee, which includes breakfast and networking from 7:45 to 9:00 a.m., is $60 for JSAHR members; $90 for non-members; $50 for those in-transition and JSAHR guests; and $10 for students with valid ID. A $10 fee will be added for walk-ins.

The Jersey Shore Association for Human Resources (JSAHR) is hosting a half-day legal interactive seminar that will focus on recently passed and pending New Jersey legislation, and several hot topics presented Attorneys Richard Cino, David Islinger, Kate DiCicco, and Luke Breslin of the national management employment law firm Jackson Lewis P.C. on Thursday, April 11, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon in the Garden Room at Monmouth Park, 175 Oceanport Avenue, Oceanport, NJ 07757. (Use the Main Entrance and follow signage to the seminar.)

This presentation will include such topics as pay equity legislation in practice; medical and recreational marijuana and its impact on New Jersey employers; wage and hour issues; i.e. When is an independent contractor NOT an independent contractor?; and better workplace performance documentation and management. A question and answer session is included.

Register online at or email Christine Higgins at or call JSAHR at 732-701-7155. This program is pending 3 HRCI (Human Resource Certification Institute) and SHRM recertification credits. JSAHR is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits.

About Jackson Lewis, P.C. Jackson Lewis P.C. is among the largest firms in the country dedicated to representing management in labor, employment, and benefits law and related litigation. With locations across the country, the firm has both a national perspective and keen understanding of the nuances of regional business environments. Jackson Lewis represents employers before state and federal courts on a wide range of issues, including discrimination, wrongful discharge, retaliation, whistleblower, health, safety, wage/hour, pension and benefits.


Public School and Special Needs Students Learn about Social Inclusion Through a Sports Competition

Posted on March 12, 2019 By

Cedar Drive Middle School students, Colts Neck, invited students from Harbor School, a school for students with special needs, Eatontown, to participate in “Fans in the Stands,” a program by Special Olympics Unified Sports®* designed to promote unity, inclusion, and social interaction among the student body through a pep rally with banners, posters, and a shared sport competition, named Cedar Ball.

Russ Witt, a Cedar Drive Eighth Grade special education teacher; Colin Rigby, the Cedar Drive Middle School principal; and Jennifer Bogin, the adaptive physical education teacher at Harbor School, organized the Cedar Ball competition as an ongoing opportunity to teach students the importance of inclusion and as an occasion for students to realize that they all have similar interests whether it is through dance, music, sports, art, or games.

This year’s basketball competition began with a show before students took the court. The Cedar Drive Middle School chorus band, under the direction of the Colts Neck High School ROTC, played the Star Spangled Banner. Cedar Drive Middle School players then teamed up with the Harbor students, racing up and down the court to score. The entire school watched and cheered!

Jennifer Bogin, Harbor School, said, “It was truly an amazing event that was not only fun, but it also unified both communities. The Harbor School students left the event asking when they could visit Cedar Drive Middle School again. Plans for this will hopefully be coming soon! It is important for our students to participate in these special events with peers outside of Harbor School to continue to promote social inclusion.”

Harbor School is one of three RKS Associates state-approved special education schools that include the Alpha School, Jackson, and the Harbor School, Eatontown. All three schools provide education, therapeutic, and behavioral support for children who have challenges, such as multiple disabilities, cognitive impairments, autistic spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, behavioral disorders, or other health impairments.

For more information or information about school enrollment, contact Dana Giblin at 732-544-9394.

*Special Olympics Unified Sports® is an inclusive sports program that combines an approximately equal number of Special Olympics athletes (individuals with intellectual disabilities) and partners (individuals without intellectual disabilities) on teams for training and competition. It was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding. In Unified Sports, teams are made up of people of similar age and ability.

RKS Associates Schools: Gateway School: 60 High Street Carteret, NJ 07008 (732.541.4400); Alpha School: 2210 West County Line Road, Suite #1, Jackson, NJ 08527 (732.370.1150) ; Harbor School: 240 Broad Street, Eatontown, NJ 07724 (732.544.9394)


Students at Alpha School Challenge Hunger

Posted on March 8, 2019 By

For the past 10 years, Alpha School Career Education students, West County Line Road, Jackson, N.J., have won the Division 1 Awards in the statewide Students Change Hunger Challenge food drive competition. This year each student collected 31 pounds of food from September 17, 2018, through December 10, 2019!

For their outstanding accomplishment, iPlay America, Freehold, recently honored the Alpha School with three awards during an award ceremony: the 1,500 Pound Club Award, the Division 1 Award, and the Pounds per Student Award.

Eileen Trainor, a secondary teacher at the Alpha School, said, “We always make an effort to teach our students to be aware of others in need and to develop a spirit of caring for others. We thank everyone for helping our students make a difference and helping our families and neighbors in need in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.”

Alpha School is one of three RKS Associates state-approved special education schools that include the Harbor School, Eatontown, and the Gateway School, Carteret. All three schools provide education, therapeutic, and behavioral support for children who have challenges, such as multiple disabilities, cognitively impairments, autistic spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, behavioral disorders, or other health impairments.

Alpha students begin the yearly campaign Students Change Hunger by making flyers that are sent home to families, staff, neighbors, and relatives, explaining their involvement in Students Change Hunger and outlining what the local foodbank Fulfill needs.

Students encourage everyone to make weekly donations, which can be dropped out at their homes. They also collect items like peanut butter and jelly, soups, and tuna fish. School fundraising includes selling pizza, cookies, and ice cream; holding staff dress-down days during which the staff can either wear jeans for $1.00 or bring in a food item; and raffling items made by students in Career Education classes and donating those funds to Fulfill.

For more information or information about school enrollment, contact Dana Giblin at 732-544-9394.

RKS Associates Schools: Gateway School: 60 High Street Carteret, NJ 07008 (732.541.4400); Alpha School: 2210 West County Line Road, Suite #1, Jackson, NJ 08527 (732.370.1150) ; Harbor School: 240 Broad Street, Eatontown, NJ 07724 (732.544.9394)

About the Students Change Hunger: Students Change Hunger is a statewide school food drive competition designed to help neighbors in need during the holiday season. Schools, categorized by the size of their student population, compete to collect as much food as possible. The schools that bring in the most food in their division are given special awards at the end of the competition.

About Fulfill (Taken from website): Hunger is still very real in Monmouth and Ocean counties. Every day, one in 10 of our neighbors does not have enough to eat. This includes over 21,000 children in Monmouth and 25,000 children in Ocean. Fulfill provides over 13 million meals every year to 130,000 of our neighbors right here in our communities. Fulfill provides over 142,000 meals to our school children in backpacks, kids’ café, and summer meals programs. The Fulfill mobile pantries serve over 17,757 people in our communities, including seniors and veterans.


David Lederman Featured Speaker at March 12 Lunch Meeting

Posted on March 7, 2019 By

David Lederman, Lakewood, a CPA at Lederman & Associates, Brick, will discuss “More Than Just Income Taxes” at the Lunch a Little, Learn a Lot business meeting, noon to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at Charlie Brown’s Restaurant, 400 Route 70 West, Lakewood, N.J. The cost is $15 and includes Charlie Brown’s salad bar, a lunch entrée, a beverage, and an educational presentation. Walk-ins welcome.

In his talk, Lederman will talk about the activities that go beyond the usual income tax related services needed by families and businesses during or after a life changing event. He will highlight the required reporting for Estates and Trusts; reporting to the Surrogate on custodianships; reporting for bankruptcies; and coaching the surviving spouse with household financial organization.

Lederman’s practice includes business consulting, bookkeeping guidance, income tax planning, and the preparation required by businesses and families. Lederman, who has been a CPA since 1974, earned his B.S. in Business Administration from American University, Washington, D.C.

Lederman is a member of NJCPA, COBA (Central Ocean Business Association) and the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call David Lederman at 732-920-7801 or Lederman & Associates is in the Lions Head Office Park, 35 Beaverson Blvd. 4B, Brick, NJ 08723.


Lakewood Recreation Department Announces Its Spring Soccer Schedule

Posted on March 7, 2019 By

The Lakewood Recreation Department has announced its 2019 spring soccer schedule. Registration is March 19, 21, 26 and 28 at the Ella G. Clarke School, Manetta Avenue, and April 1 at the John Patrick Sports Complex, Vine Street, Lakewood.

The spring soccer program at the John Patrick Sports Complex is designed for boys and girls, ages 4 through 12, on Mondays and Wednesdays, with Friday make-up, April 1 through May 22. The registration fee is $10.00. Players are asked to bring a personal soccer ball to practice.

Soccer for children ages 4, 5, and 6 is 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Soccer for children ages 7, 8, and 9 is 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Soccer for children ages 10, 11, and 12 is 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

For more information, call the Lakewood Recreation office at 732-905-3405 or visit


Lakewood Household Hazardous Waste Day Sunday, March 31

Posted on March 7, 2019 By

Lakewood residents are urged to rid their homes of potential hazards that pose a potential threat to families and to Ocean County’s clean air and water. Protect the environment by participating in the Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Program.

Ocean County and the Lakewood Township Department of Public Works (DPW) is holding a Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Day for pre-registered residents only, Sunday, March 31 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Lakewood Public Works yard, One America Way, Lakewood.

Lakewood residents can dispose of hazardous materials, free of charge by calling 732-367-0802 to pre-register. Pre-registration is required and is on a first-come-first-served basis. Sign in and see the attendant. A driver’s license or tax bill will be adequate proof of residence.

Acceptable materials: Cleaning products/chemicals, aerosols, auto products, herbicides/pesticides, gasoline/waste oil, propane tanks, stains/varnishes, polyurethanes/polishes, fire extinguishers, mercury-containing devices (thermostats), batteries, paints/paint thinners

Unacceptable materials include: Electronics, radioactive materials (smoke detectors), oxygen tanks, dioxins, infectious wastes (“red bag” wastes), unknown or unidentifiable materials. NO CONSTRUCTION WASTES OR ASBESTOS.

The Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Day for residents is NOT open to businesses, school boards or municipal and state government agencies. Only Ocean County residential households and farmers are eligible for this free program.

Future dates will be announced in June. For more info please visit For more information please visit For more information or questions, call 732-905-3405.

The Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Program is sponsored by the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Ocean County Department of Solid Waste Management. The Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders are made up of Virginia E. Haines, Director; John P. Kelly, Deputy Director; Gerry P. Little; Gary Quinn; and Joseph H. Vicari.


What an Adventure! Vito Cardinale Will Speak about Adventure Crossing USA at March Ocean ELC Meeting

Posted on March 5, 2019 By

Vito Cardinale, the founder and president of Cardinale Enterprises, will give an informative and detailed overview of his Jackson, N.J., project Adventure Crossing USA at the Ocean County ELC (Employer Legislative Committee) meeting and breakfast Friday, March 22, 2019, from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. at the at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 815 Route 37 West, Toms River, N.J.

Frank Robinson, VP of NJBIA (NJ Business and Industry Association) will be updating attendees about business-related topics from Trenton and their affect on businesses and the local community.

Adventure Crossing, characterized as “…one of the greatest sports and entertainment facilities in the Northeast,” is a mixed-use complex next to Great Adventure that covers 300 acres and will include restaurants, retail stores, a driving range, a brain research center, and more with a projected cost of $500 million. Construction has already started on a 120,000-sq. ft. sports dome and two hotels, scheduled for completion in 2020.

The registration fee, including a buffet breakfast, is $20.00. R.S.V.P. to mpangelini@ or call 908-309-5395. Pay at the door or mail checks, payable to Ocean ELC, to Mary Pat Angelini, P.O. Box 517, Oakhurst, N.J. 07755.

The Ocean County ELC is sponsored by Holman Frenia Allison, PC; New Jersey Natural Gas, and NorthStar Strategies in partnership with the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce

About ELC: Employer Legislative Committees: The ELCs, established by NJBIA in 1959, are independent, local organizations representing all 21 counties. At each meeting, legislators, cabinet members or local officials will discuss important issues pertinent to business. Attendees also receive a briefing from one of NJBIA’s government affairs experts on legislative and regulatory issues affecting employers. About NJBIA: The New Jersey Business & Industry Association, Trenton, N.J., provides information, services and advocacy to its member companies in order to build a more prosperous New Jersey. NJBIA is the nation’s largest statewide employer association. Its members, as a group, employ more than one million people and represents every industry in the state, including contractors, manufacturers, retail and wholesale businesses, and service providers of every kind. Visit for more information.


Preferred Home Health Care to Be Honored by LADACIN

Posted on March 5, 2019 By

Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, an Annual Corporate Gold Guardian Sponsor, is being honored for its continuous support of LADACIN Network. In addition to generous donations, PHHC has also provided staff trainings for LADACIN and has supported LADACIN’s events, including representation on the Rosebud Committee since 2014 and its participation on “Team LADACIN” in the N.J. Marathon in 2014 and 2017.

Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHHC) Inc., with headquarters in Eatontown, will honored by LADACIN Network at its 2019 Rosebud Gala, Saturday, March 30, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Eatontown Hotel, Eatontown.

Since 1993, PHHC has provided a wide range of medical and non-medical home health care services from pediatric to geriatric care in 14 locations throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Joel Markel, founder and president of PHHC, prides himself on the fact that his agency gives the “highest degree of custodial and medical nursing care, along with giving guidance on the emotional issues families may face.”

Other honorees include Humanitarian Honorees, Rosebud Legacy Volunteers: Marlene Bell, Jean Catlin, Rosemary and William P. Collopy, Marian Hartnett, Thomas F. Hayes, Bonnie Hogan, Donna Macaluso, and Kathleen Vivona. Brick Memorial High School National Honor Society will receive the Young Leaders Award.

For more information about Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, contact Lisa Gallicchio, director of community relations, at or 732-547-9886, or visit

About Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services: Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHHC), 45 Main Street, Eatontown, N.J., is accredited by CHAP (Community Health Accreditation Partner), an accrediting organization for the home health care industry. Preferred works collaboratively with physicians, hospitals, nursing homes, and facilities to ensure a smooth transition to one’s home. In-house services include skilled nursing care for infants, children, adults, and seniors; personal care services, including bathing, grooming, dressing, feeding, etc.; private duty nursing services; and at-home physical therapy, among others. All of the care can be provided in-house and is coordinated by registered nurses, with clinical supervision available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

PHHC has 14 locations. New Jersey locations include corporate headquarters at 45 Main Street, Eatontown; Elmwood Park; Galloway; Jersey City; Mt. Laurel; North Brunswick; Robbinsville; South Orange; Toms River; and Wyckoff Road, Eatontown. Pennsylvania locations include Allentown, Bala Cynwyd, Bensalem and Pittsburgh. Visit Preferred at for more information.

The mission of LADACIN: LADACIN Network, 1703 Kneeley Blvd., Wanamassa, N.J., is a nonprofit agency whose mission is to provide a continuum of care, including educational, therapeutic, social, residential and support services to infants, children, and adults with complex physical and developmental disabilities and delays. For more information, visit


N.J. Health Care Networking Group to Meet March 13

Posted on March 5, 2019 By

The monthly meeting of N.J. Health Care Networking Group, a free organization for anyone in the health care industry, including those who provide ancillary products and services, is Wednesday, March 13, 2019, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Eastern International College, 684 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07306. The snow date is Thursday, March 14.

The N.J. Health Care Networking Group provides an opportunity to build relationships among health care professionals, market events, and promote business. Membership is free; however, register to take advantage of member benefits, such as posting to N.J. Health Care Networking Group’s website all health care and marketing events, training information, employment listings, and access to a member directory.

For more information about N.J. Health Care Networking Group, email Lisa Gallicchio, director of community relations for Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, Eatontown, at, call 732-547-9886, or visit for the monthly location and member events. Meetings take place in a different New Jersey county each month.